leaf house version 3

version 3

by Laird Herbert

version.3 is the latest tiny house built by Leaf House Small Space Design & Build, a tiny house company based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Design as a case study for cold climate tiny house construction, version.3 features a number of innovations unique to the challenges faced by -50°C weather.

SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 16’

Square footage: 97 ft2.

Location: Pelly Crossing, a small northern community with a population of about 280 people, 3 hours north of Whitehorse, Yukon. Inhabitants: Accommodation for the instructor/coordinator of the Yukon College Campus.

Testing: Pelly Crossing regularly gets -40 to -50°C weather, and over the course of the next six months the performance of the tiny house will be monitored with energy and temperature sensors.

cold climate

Cold Climate Innovations

Vacuum Insulated Panels (VIPs)

First use of VIPs for a claimed R value of R30 per 1?2”. Floor and Roof are insulated to R68, while the walls are insulated to R38. VIPs are the ideal insulating material for tiny houses given their high R-value and low footprint.

Lunos E2 Heat Recovery Ventilator

version.3 is one of the first tiny houses to feature a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) and the first to test the Lunos E2 HRV in North America. HRVs are an essential feature of cold climate tiny house construction, and Lunos E2 is one of the first commercially available HRVs suitable to tiny house construction.

Quad Pane Windows

Built in the north, quad pane windows have some of the highest R values for window performance.

Electric Radiant Heaters

800 watt of high efficiency heating allows the total power draw to be under 15 amps.

landscape photo

Lightweight Innovations

Sub 5,000lb weight

Lightweight materials and strategic design choices (curtains instead of cupboards) cut down weight.

Metal mesh open joint siding

Metal mesh open joint rainscreen (designed to rust over time), saves a significant amount of weight over more conventional siding. The metal is repurposed concrete galvanized mesh.

Lightweight concrete countertops

Using a concrete micro-topper and foam backer board, Leaf House was able to create an ultra-lightweight concrete countertop for version.3, which gives the appearance of a slab of concrete but weighs below 35lb.

Metal X bracing

Exterior metal X bracing increases shear strength

Foam Sheathing

Version.3 uses foam sheathing in combination with metal strapping to create shear and compression strength, saving a significant amount of weight over conventional sheathing

inside wall

Livability

Full hot/cold water system

30 gallon water tank with ventless tankless propane water heater, Shurflo pump, shower and city water inlet

Compact fridge/freezer

Energy Star certified compact fridge/freezer

Custom Murphy Bed

Custom murphy bed increases livability by removing stairs/loft and increases the airiness of the space

Full height mirrored wall

Mirrored wall increase the feeling of interior space significantly

Maximum square footage

version.3 uses 2×3 framing, welded trailer extensions, and minimal roof overhangs to maximize the size of the footprint

bathroom

Green Features

0 VOC finishes and materials

Safecoat paints and finishes (suitable for individuals with allergies)

FSC woods & Reclaimed materials

Forest Stewardship Certified wood. Reclaimed materials include clear grain cedar, metal mesh, and interior pine t&g.

Touch Dimmers and LED lights

LED lightings and touch dimmers

Compost Toilet

Custom bucket toilet

kitchen

mirror

landscape 2

bridge

UK Trailhouse Tiny House

A new company in the UK is bringing its version of the tiny house to the people in the UK. The UK is well know for using sheds as a workspace but have been slower to adapt the tiny house as a true livable option. Here is what Trailhouse has to say:

Inspired by the ‘Tiny House’ movement that has it’s roots in the USA, the Trailhouse is a beautifully styled tiny home mounted on a purpose built galvanized trailer. It now offers UK buyers a truly mobile solution for either extended living space to an existing home or a standalone building for a garden or outside space.

trailhouse exterior

You can get more information at Trailhouse; This particular unit is available from Hudson Garden Rooms starting at £18,500 (US$ 30,976).

kitchen

workspace and kitchen

view from loft

view from kitchen

trailhouse

Zip Classic Black Friday Sale

One of my favorite tiny house pre-fab design companies, Cabin Fever, is having a Black Friday sale on their stylish Zip Classic cabin. The Zip is a 120 square foot one-room structure that normally costs $12,500, but is being sold November 23-29, 2013 for only $9,900. The Zip building package comes delivered complete with everything required to build a tiny space.

zip-tiny-house-backyard

The insulated wall sections of this cabin come assembled and are easy to bolt together with a few helpers. The building includes a raised foundation with steel brackets and 3/4 inch plywood floors, a 8 foot wide glass sliding door and two windows, 3 inch insulated roof panels with trim and solid wood beams on metal columns, wood paneled interior walls and vinyl tile floors and all the hardware necessary to put the house together. The Zip also has a 12×16 ft front porch made with 1×6 inch planks.

The Zip falls into the category of tiny homes that are permit exempt in most localities and this tiny building can be turned into a guest house, artist studio, yoga room or full-time tiny home. Multiple Zips can also be placed next to each other to create a larger dwelling.

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zip-tiny-house-ferry

 Photos by Cabin Fever

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

 

 

Great Ideas

By Stew MacInnes

My name is Stew MacInnes, founder and CEO of Maximus Extreme Living Solutions. My company builds self-contained living units. Self-contained living units (as we see them) are tiny homes that are permanently affixed to a mobile steel platform and are designed to have the hell kicked out of them time and time again and keep coming back for more!

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In all seriousness, we originally designed our homes to withstand the extreme rigors that are associated with the exploration and extraction of domestic energy. We designed our homes to withstand the weather conditions and terrain of the oil fields located in Alaska and North Dakota. We figured that if our homes could handle those conditions, then they could withstand a weekend jaunt to Yosemite. Continue reading

ClearSpace Modular Homes

For lovers of clean, efficient, modern design with an eye toward outside living, ClearSpace Homes has come up with a few designs to appeal to people who want a tiny house. ClearSpace has been selling their prefab homes in the Austin, Texas area for several years and some parts of each design can be customized by the buyer. Their homes are offered in several colors and the interior can include reclaimed or new materials. A customized ClearSpace home will run about $125 per square foot which does not include site work, the foundation or shipping.

The first of their tiny homes is the ClearSpace Casita. This 432 square foot home includes a studio space that can accommodate a murphy bed/storage wall, work area, or built in display/book shelf. There is also space for a compact kitchen, a 3/4 bath and a generous sleeping/storage room. The best feature of the Casita is the protective enclosure that allows the owner to enjoy the outdoors. The interior space of the home has sliding glass doors which can be opened to allow for cross ventilation and there is a skylight above the loft. The base price of the Casita is $51,240.

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